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The Big Picture

Photo by Will Kirk

From Blacktop to Green Lot

What used to be about three acres of parking spaces behind Garland Hall (above) is now the site of two new buildings, Mason Hall and the Computational Science and Engineering Building. It's also home to one of the largest green roofs in Maryland because under the new Decker Quad is a 604-car parking garage. Workers removed 11,000 truckloads of dirt to make room for the structure. And the oval of grass on top measures 900 feet around (or one-fifth of a mile, if you're thinking about jogging it). Now, instead of blacktop, visitors to the Homewood campus see trees, bricked pathways, and a lush lawn.
&mdash Catherine Pierre

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